This week’s small pleasures #314

It isn’t long to Christmas now, and our guests from Sweden arrive tomorrow (Tuesday). We are now on holiday from work, and have been cleaning, tidying up….and resting too. The weather this week has been mixed to say the least with some hot sunny days and some grey and rainy days. The picture below and the one in the featured image were taken on Tuesday, when we really felt it was summer.

It is that time of year for Christmas gatherings. Our book club met in person instead of online on Tuesday evening which was a lovely welcome change, and the Pilates studio’s Christmas drinks were on Wednesday. In the shopping basket this week there was asparagus, beans, peas, tomatoes, courgettes, strawberries, lemons, broccolini and the first of the season’s nectarines. I also picked up some cheese for Christmas including this favourite a black truffle brie from Over the Moon dairy.

I had a bit of time to fill before my Pilates class today, and wandered into The Old Bank Arcade, a shopping centre on Lambton Quay in the city centre. The building was the original home to the Bank of New Zealand and was converted into its current incarnation in the 1990s. Hanging in the centre is this animated, musical clock that on every hour, on the hour, opens up to reveal scenes of the history of Wellington and the arcade site. I happened to be there at noon, so went up the viewing gallery to take a look. I’m sure you get the idea!

Finally, if you have to stand and wait at a bus stop, you might as well stand at this one and enjoy the hydrangeas. Such gorgeous flowers that scream summer – a real small pleasure.

So that is it for this week. So, what were your small pleasures this week? Here are some other blog posts from a few fellow bloggers looking at the good things in life. 

Thistles and Kiwis is a Wellington, New Zealand based blog written by Barbara, who likes cats, summer, good food and pretends to garden.

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  1. I absolutely love looking at all your summer beauty and color. It is supposed to be 7 degrees F here on Friday morning. Enjoy your time with your visitors I am sure they will enjoy your beautiful area.

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  2. My small pleasure this week was some Welsh cheddar infused with pickled onion. I take the view that this sort of thing is created by people who don’t actually like cheese very much, but I was amazed to find that it tasted very good.

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    1. Hmmm….I do agree with your sentiment about ‘adulterating’ good cheese, but some things do work. I’m not a fan of pickled onion, but believe you when you say it tasted very good!


  3. Hi, Barbara – I jinxed myself on my comment on your last post. Right after I pressed ‘send’ relating that our weather was dry with lots of green – we got a HUGE dump of snow!
    Wishing you a wonderful time with your family. That Black Truffle Brie looks divine!

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